China are urging that the UK to “refrain from interfering” in Hong Kong’s affairs after Boris Johnson has offered 2.9m Hong Kong residents to move to Britain.
The Prime Minister made the offer for Hong Kongers to have citizenship, and told MPs on Wednesday that the new security laws are a “clear and serious breach” of the deal that Hong Kong received from the UK to China in 1997.
The Chinese embassy in London warned the British government that they would be breaching international law by allowing 2.9m Hong Kong citizens who hold British National Overseas (BNO) passports to live in the UK.
A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the UK said, “If the British side makes unilateral changes to the relevant practice, it will breach its own position and pledges as well as international law and basic norms governing international relations.
“We firmly oppose this and reserve the right to take corresponding measures. We urge the British side to view objectively and fairly the national security legislation for Hong Kong, respect China’s position and concerns, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any way.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab admitted that they would not be able to force China to allow Hong Kongers with BNO passports to come to the UK.